Five Mistakes to Avoid in Your Professional Profile Photos
Some are clearly out of focus, underexposed, taken from too far away, badly cropped, squashed out of proportion or with other issues that are easily avoidable today. Back in the day when LinkedIn was first created in 2003 there were no iPhones and not everyone had a digital camera, but today there are not really any excuses. And if someone really doesn't have access to any sort of digital camera they must have a friend or colleague who could take a quick photo and send it to them by email for upload
Your professional profile photo on LinkedIn doesn't need to be perfect or even great, but at least you should avoid the most obvious mistakes starting with these top five problems I see scrolling through the images in People You Might Know:
There is, of course, another option that is even worse than all of these: not having a photo. When you leave a blank square or use an image of something else you make other users suspicious. Some fake and spammy accounts have no profile photo because they don't have a photo to show. You might have other reasons for hiding your face, but other users have no way to tell the difference between someone who is extremely shy and someone who doesn't really exist. Avoid this option if you possibly can.
Remember that most people in the world will never meet you face to face. In many cases all they know about how you look comes from your profile photo. It's more important than you think. Any one of the five common mistakes above could cost you a job. Don't screw it up.
If you would like more practical advice about making better profile photos read also How to Make Photos for Professional Profiles
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